The South China Sea is a sensitive terrain especially following China’s militarisation efforts. Australia called out such move as a form of aggression and intimidation while looking over to India to emphasise its role in maintaining order not just in the Indian Ocean region, but also on a global scale.
“Territorial disputes continue to risk regional stability and create uncertainty. One issue that has attracted a lot of international attention in recent months is the South China Sea. Australia has a legitimate interest in the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, unimpeded trade and freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea,” The Economic Times quoted Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.
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